Nominations for the 95th Academy Awards

Love for “Elvis,” less than expected for “Top Gun Maverick” and “Avatar: The Way of Water,” just my first thought–seat of the pants take on this AM’s Oscar nominations.

“Everything Everywhere all at Once” led all nominees, grabbing recognition on 11 categories. A bit much, but it’s a lot of fun.

“The Banshees of Inisherin” and “All Quiet on the Western Front” collected nine each.

“Elvis” has not left the building. Baz Luhrmann’s film took eight nominations.

As I feared, no women were recognized as Oscar worthy “Best Director” material this year. “Women Talking” was nominated for Best Picture, but not Sarah Polley. “Best Directors make Best Pictures” is the old rule, so one of the best movies in that field has little chance of winning.

Tom Cruise was thought to have a shot at Best Actor, Viola Davis a shot at Best Actress, Luhrmann another director passed over. “Till” and its star, Danielle Deadwyler of “The Devil to Pay” (Now on Netflix, WATCH it) unheralded. “Snubbed” seems a hard label to sell in a secret ballot popularity contest, but there you go.

Spielberg, McDonagh, the Daniels for “Everything,” Ruben Ostlund for “Triangle of Sadness” and Todd Field, the writer director of “TAR” are the Best Director nominees.

In my opinion, nominations for “Blonde,” (“Best Actress?”) “Bardo” (Best Cinematography) and anything for “Triangle of Sadness” were squandered on lesser — sometimes BAD — films.

I griped about “Fabelmans” as a spoiler a few days ago, and it copped director, score, Michelle Williams, Judd Hirsch, original screenplay and best picture nods, seven nominations in all.

The Best Picture field has blockbusters and art films and “Triangle of Sadness,” which was pretty much neither. “Elvis,” “All Quiet,” “Avatar,” “Everything Everywhere,” “Banshees,” “TAR,” “Fabelmans,” “Top Gun” and yay “Women Talking” made the cut. I’ll be pulling for “TAR” and “Women Talking,” but fine with “Everything Everywhere” or “Banshees” winning.

Colin Farrell (“Banshees of Inisherin”) and Brendan Fraser (“The Whale”) seem like the Best Actor favorites, but legendary character player Bill Nighy (“Living”), Austin Butler‘s breakout version of “Elvis” and Paul Mescal’s very fine performance in “Aftersun” got in there, too.

Cate Blanchett got Andrea Riseborough a Best Actress nomination for “To Leslie.” Cate did that. Critics Choice acceptance speech, Cate said “Make it so,” and damned if that didn’t happen. Tickled for Riseborough. Yeoh of “Everything Everywhere” and Blanchett are the favorites, but Michelle Williams (“Fabelmans”), Riseborough and Ana de Armas’s divisive turn as Marilyn Monroe in “Blonde” are in the field.

I love the idea of Angela Bassett scoring an Oscar, but for that work in a that middling comic book adaptation sequel? She’s up for Best Supporting Actress for “Wakanda Forever,” with JAMIE LEE CURTIS in “Everything Everywhere,” Hong Chau’s sensitive turn in “The Whale,” Stephanie Tsu for “Everything Everywhere” and Kerry Condon in “The Banshees of Insherin” rounding out the field.

It was a great year for actresses and prestige roles in nominatable pictures, and that field shows it.

A lot of craft guilds love for “All Quiet on the Western Front,” the big Netflix contender this year, a best picture nominee.

“Babylon” was recognized for score and costumes. Give “Everything Everywhere” the editing Oscar and be done with it, even though “Elvis,” “TAR,” “Banshees” and “Top Gun” are in that same field.

Great to see Brian Tyree Henry get recognized for a fine supporting turn in “Causeway.” Nominations for Brendan Gleeson and Barry Keoghan from “Banshees” recognizes two very good character actors, and the fact that both are nominated makes literally everybody else the favorite. Judd Hirsch, a sentimental pick for a hammy but soulful turn in “The Fabelmans” and Ke Huy Quan, the actor all the fangirls and fanboys adore from “Everything Everywhere All At Once,” because the onetime child actor disappeared for 20 years and magically came back an Oscar-worthy performer.

Right.

I smell a Roberto Benigni disaster in that category.

There’s a terrific Best International Feature field, with “All Quiet” (also a Best Pic nominee) up against the donkey “EO,” Belgium’s “Close,” the quiet drama “Argentina 1985” and Ireland’s “The Quiet Girl” (in Gaelic) heading up a field that could have had a dozen nominees this year. Why nominate “All Quiet” in both? “Secret ballots,” no “organized” effort to prioritize one nomination over the other, etc.

Best Animated Feature has two Netflix movies, “Pinocchio,” del Toro’s Oscar favorite, and “The Sea Beast” recognized. “Marcel the Shell with Shoes On” got a nod, with “Puss in Boots: The Last Wish” and “Turning Red” pitting Dreamworks against Pixar, as usual.

The 95th Academy Awards and its scores of statuettes will be handed out on ABC TV the night of March 12.

For the complete list, go to Oscars.org.

About Roger Moore

Movie Critic, formerly with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, published in Spin Magazine, The World and now published here, Orlando Magazine, Autoweek Magazine
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2 Responses to Nominations for the 95th Academy Awards

  1. Jim Davis says:

    Yes, nominating Brendan Gleeson and Barry Keoghan for supporting actor seems destined to curse them both by splitting the votes of those who fancied “Banshees.” Seems more unfair to Keoghan, though. It strains credulity to characterize Gleeson’s role as supporting. He and Colin Farrell are both listed above the title in the movie’s marketing, and I’d be surprised if there’s a minute’s difference in their screen time. Granted, the rules defining lead and supporting roles are murky. But didn’t the producers nudge Academy voters to tuck Gleeson in the supporting category to avoid pitting him against co-star Farrell for lead actor? That would have also posed a problem for the film, but at least it would be an honest problem.

    • Roger Moore says:

      I’m guessing the screen time tilts towards Colin, which is why they pushed one actor for lead and the other supporting. Same thing happened in supporting actress, with similarly dire outlooks for Jamie Lee and Stephanie Hsu. Bizarre how voters could push the lesser known players onto a par with the much more familiar and popular older Jamie Lee and Brendan. Didn’t they see enough movies to notice who they were leaving out? Dano has been mentioned (“Fabelmans”), and if they’re so worked up about “Triangle of Sadness,” why are no actors named? WOODY Harrelson as Best Supporting Actor, I say! Half a dozen women would have been excellent choices in place of Curtis or Hsu, had they simply backed one actress from that.

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